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Rishad Bathiudeen’s brother remanded

Brother of MP Rishad Bathiudeen, Rifkan Bathiudeen, has been remanded until the 06th of February, under the orders of the Colombo Chief Magistrate. Rifkan Bathiudeen was arrested over a forged land deal and was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate today (23), stated Police Media Spokesperson. Reportedly, he had sold a 78-acre land in Mannar to a private company under a...

Sumathipala slams Ranjan’s match-fixing allegations

Refuting match-fixing allegations levelled by MP Ranjan Ramanayake, MP Thilanga Sumathipala told Parliament yesterday that none including the International Cricket Council (ICC) made such remarks. “The ICC which has an office in Colombo had never levelled any match-fixing allegation against present cricketers. One should not use my name to sling mud,” he said, referring to claims made by MP Ramanayake...

Bond scam Forensic Audit report held back on AG’s orders

The annexures of the Forensic Audit report conducted on the bond scam has been held back by Parliament following an order of the Attorney General, UNP MP Harsha de Silva told Parliament today. Dr. de Silva said this is situation had arisen despite the ruling given by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to release the report to all MPs. “ I understand that...

Prez, PM’s attention drawn to appraise CYPETCO defaulters

Power, Energy and Commuter Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera yesterday said he would appraise President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet on the colossal amount of money defaulted to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CYPETCO) which is running into Rs. 155 billion by several key state establishments. He added that if these state ventures did not settle their...

The country has no defence minister: MP Vijitha Herath

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna raised questions regarding the position of a Cabinet Minister for Defence. MP Vijitha Herath: The security of the people was a major topic in the recent past. But up to now, no cabinet Minister has been appointed for the subject of Defence. MP Sumedha G. Jayasena: The Defence Minister’s portfolio has been vested with the Honourable Prime Minister. MP Vijitha...

Import of milk powder to be limited: Minister

Action would be taken to look into the possibility of curtailing the importation of milk powder into the country, Health and Indigenous Medicine, Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said. She said this while responding to a query raised by Matara District Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana yesterday in Parliament. The Minister said that a program should be implemented to increase the consumption of fresh milk...

Ranjan still hasn’t tabled phone recordings at parliament – Deputy Speaker

United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has, reportedly,  not tabled any recordings of his phone conversations at the parliament as of yet. The Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Ananda Kumarasiri mentioned this today (23).

Cabinet approves minimum guaranteed price for paddy

The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a minimum guaranteed price of Rs. 50 per 1kg of paddy with recommended moisture level from Maha harvest. This was announced during the meeting held this morning (23) to announce the Cabinet decisions.

Azath Salley to testify before PCoI on Easter attacks today

Former Governor of Western Province Azath Salley is due to make an appearance before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the tragic terror attacks on Easter Sunday today (23). He has been informed to arrive at the Commission at 11.00 am this morning to give his testimony, a spokesperson of the panel said. Salley testified before the Presidential Commission on Tuesday...

Shani Abeysekara at CID to record statement

Former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara has arrived at the CID to record a statement, says our siyatha news reporter.